Buddie + The Song of Achilles Master List [Updated]
Mixing my love for Buck and Eddie with quotes from The Song of Achilles Novel [Gifsets] ⬇️
“That is — your friend?”
“Have you no memories”
“He is half of my soul, as the poets say.”
“I would know him in death.”
“Go. he waits for you.”
Achilles Come Down
“We were like gods at the dawning of the world,”
“He will be a god.”
“I had lain awake loving him in silence.”
“Perhaps it is the greater grief, after all, to be left on earth when another is gone.”
“If I had had words to speak such a thing, I would have.”
Evan Buckley as Achilles Aesthetics
“Achilles weeps. He cradles me, and will not eat, nor speak a word other than my name.”
“What has Hector ever done to me?”
“In the darkness, two shadows, reaching through the hopeless, heavy dusk.”
“Well, if I am Patroclus, then I die first.”
“Name one hero who was happy.”
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Buddie Moodboard - Erin Brockovich AU
AKA another AU absolutely no one asked (or should have asked) for. And yet, here we are, peeps. Ngl, I totally could have seen that the other way around as well (my head's a strange place, you should be aware by now). But I settled for this one. (*/ω＼*)
Eddie Diaz is out of his luck. First he gets into a car accident, then he loses the court case, even though his lawyer promised him they'd get that pompous ass who just ran him over, and then he loses his job. as a single parent to a child with a handicap, that's living the dream, isn't it? Not that this is going to stop Eddie. He'll do whatever it takes to be there for Christopher.
So when he pressures his former lawyer Bobby Nash to take him on as a secretary, Eddie doesn't much care. He needs to do this for his son. Thankfully, after some discussion, Bobby relents, despite
Eddie lacking a background in the legal field. While this may solve one problem, it still leaves a very long list, a list he does not have the money to pay for.
Because he broke with his family and left without a trace ever since his wife left him, Eddie has no security network and has to rely on people he'd normally not entrust the most important thing in his life to. But it's either that or losing the job, the house, and the money to pay for the kid's treatments.
If all of that wasn't bad enough, his new neighbor Buck proves to just the kind of self-absorbed wannabe-biker Eddie has absolutely no patience for. Even less so because Bobby allowed him to look into a case that sparked his interest.
Eddie is shocked when he comes home from a day investigating what he assumes to be a big case involving pumping hazardous water into a city's water supply: Christopher is gone. And so is the babysitter. He is that close to calling police when he finds Christopher chilling in his neighbor's backyard, making burgers.
When Eddie demands to know what the hell the man was thinking, just taking his son out for lunch, Buck informs him that the babysitter left without further notice and since he knew Eddie was out, he took care of the kid.
A quick apology and an admittedly rather decent barbecue later, Buck offers to babysit Christopher for Eddie. As a construction worker, he is currently not in for another job for at least another two months. While reluctant about it, Eddie eventually agrees. Buck can't be worse than the babysitter he had, right?
To gather more information, Eddie heads out to some official agencies to take a look at the archives. But it seems that those are friends of the company Eddie is preparing a case against. Disappointed, he tells Buck about the problems he's facing, very much surprised when Buck tells him that he'll handle it.
The next day, Eddie and Buck head to the agency in question together. Eddie is still irritated not to see Buck in his typical biker wear but in actual clothes, clean-shaven and all. Another twenty minutes later of waiting by Buck's bike, the guy almost waltzes out of the office, waving the papers Eddie couldn't get at his face.
Apparently, flirting with the guy seemingly did the trick. And for some reason, Eddie is beyond pissed about Buck is having fun, musing about going out for drinks with the guy.
The irritation fades somewhat when Buck reveals he found some more possibly incriminating evidence. Turns out Buck is a fine researcher, so long it is something that sparks his interest. Thus, Eddie enlists him to gather some more information and research whatever Buck finds interesting. And Buck happily agrees - under the condition that Eddie takes him out for a drink once this is dealt with.
Eddie finally feels like he's gaining some higher ground when it comes to the case, only to have a rough awakening when Bobby orders him to the office and tells him that he's fired. Eddie doesn't know what's going on. He told Bobby, but he seemingly misunderstood what he was doing and assumed Eddie slacked off his duties. He is all the more thankful for Buck offering to pay his former boss a visit to tell him how he bust his ass, working the case.
He is more than surprised to have Bobby knock on his door a couple of days later, coming with peace offerings, i.e. self-made food. The two sit down and Bobby genuinely apologizes for the misunderstanding and wants to rehire Eddie. Having taken some notes from Buck, Eddie agrees, under the condition that he is given a raise - and that Buck can come in for research or whatever else, no questions asked. Bobby agrees, and lets him know that he will set his whole team on it.
And so, the team digs their nails into this case, working it from all kinds of angles to figure out just what is going on with this company and the polluted water.
Though that is not the only change in Eddie's life. The biggest change proves to be having a partner in his life, sticking with him through all of it. Christopher absolutely adores Buck and loves spending time with him. And the truth is? Eddie loves spending time with Buck also. It's easy talking to him, even about the things that are not easy to talk about. Even more so because Buck doesn't shy away from sharing things with Eddie he knows must be hard to say out loud.
How Buck used to be a firefighter until an accident left him heavily injured and on blood thinners. How he sued the captain and the city to get his job back, after his captain tried to keep him from coming back. Because he found Buck a burden to the rest of the team. How he didn't take the millions he could have gotten, just to be a firefighter again. Only to be shunned by his colleagues and then to nearly die on a job when he developed an embolism and no one seemed to care whether he made it out alive.
Buck quit the job after that, as much as it pained him, because he didn't want someone else to have to pay the prize for his condition. He started travelling again, with a motorcycle this time, and keeps afloat with some odd jobs at construction sites.
And now babysitting the best kid in the world, as he will insist.
It isn't much later that the two wind up in bed together. And for some time, it seems like the universe is finally on their side for a change.
Things continue to take bad turns, not just on the case but also in private. Tensions rise between Buck and Eddie as they wrestle with jobs, responsibilities, and their fear of being abandoned. Even though that exact fear may be the reason why they will soon find themselves alone, or will it?
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